**March 25, 2019 Highlights & Reminders**

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of the 3rd nine weeks of school! Your children continue to work hard, but this is definitely a good time to review “Bee-Havior Expectations” (another copy will come home in your child’s binder later this week). We will discuss how important it is to continue to do our best classwork and exhibit good behavior daily. A big thanks goes out to all of you for helping to remind your child of the importance of good behavior, as well as keeping on top of homework, study routines, and continuing to make school a priority!

Here is what is going on in our class:
Reading- Students have been working on author’s purpose in both fiction and non-fiction, autobiographies & biographies, as well as summarizing.  Our focus this week will be using a dictionary and a thesaurus, as well as using on line resources for these very helpful tools.

Science- Students continue to investigate simple machines and their uses. We had a great lesson on Simple Machines with our “Young Scientists” in school field trip to kick off the unit.  Key concepts include the purpose and function of simple machines; types of simple machines; compound machines; and examples of simple and compound machines found in the school, home, and work environments. Ask your child about the Simple Machine “Scavenger Hunt” we went on throughout the school on Friday.  We found a lot of different simple machines all throughout the school!

Math- Students completed their 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication unit and I was so proud of how well they all did with this concept!  We started our Probability unit today and will be focusing on the likelihood of an event happening.  Key words are: certain, impossible, likely, unlikely, and equally likely.  We will have a Probability Checkpoint this Thurs., 3/28.

English/LA- Students are currently working on an “Autobiography Outline” about themselves that will be used to help them write a well written autobiography.  We continue to work on correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and editing our work for accuracy.

Important Dates to Remember:
Fri., March 29- “Animal Print” Spirit Day to end our week-long donations for the S.P.C.A.

Fri., March 29- ½ Day of school & the last day of the 3rd nine weeks of school

Sat., March 30-Sun., April 7- Spring Break!!!  Wishing you all a very safe, fun & relaxing week!

Thurs., April 11-SCA “Twin Day” spirit day

Thurs., April 18- Spring Reading MAPS test

Wed., April 24- Spring Math MAPS test

Fri., April 26- FIELD DAY!!!  More information to come home soon.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me any time after school or email me at kswest@henrico.k12.va.us.  Thanks again for all you do!

Mrs. West


Dr. Seuss Week & SPES Book Fair

Dear Parents,

Since Dr. Seuss’ birthday is on Saturday, March 2nd,  we have decided to celebrate the week after from March 4th-8th and conclude the week with the Book Fair that Saturday, March 9th (more info about the book fair is coming your way!).  Here are the themes we have scheduled for the week:

Monday, 3/4: Wear rainbow colors for My Many Colored Days

Tuesday, 3/5: Wear crazy socks for Fox in Socks

Wednesday, 3/6: Wear pajamas for I’m Not Getting Up Today

Thursday, 3/7: Wear a hat and/or red, black & white for The Cat in the Hat

Friday, 3/8: Wear your SPES spirit wear and say “Hooray for Short Pump Day” for Hooray for Diffendoofer Day

Saturday, 3/9: SPES Book Fair at the Short Pump Barnes & Noble from 12-3

Have a GREAT weekend!!

Mrs. West

*** January 7- Highlights & Reminders***

Dear Parents,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope everyone had a very restful and wonderful winter break.

Here is what is happening in our class…

Reading- During whole group and small group reading students will be working on identifying the main idea and supporting details of non-fiction & functional texts. We are also working on using text features such as subtitles to help us identify the main idea.
These are the types of questions I will be asking during our reading block. You may use these question stems during your child’s nightly reading, as well.
Which paragraph answers this question?
Which sentence best supports the idea that ________ at the beginning of the article?
Which sentence supports the idea that __________?
Which question is answered in the section titled ______?
Which is the main idea of paragraph ___?
Which of these best describes _____?
The main idea of the article is that ____?
Which would be the best heading for paragraph ___?
The author gains the reader’s attention by, _________________?
Please make sure your child is reading nightly. This also really helps to improve decoding, fluency, expression, and comprehension.

Math-Prior to break, the students were working on measuring capacity & weight in both U.S. Customary units, as well as Metric units of measurement. Since our return from break, the students have been working on perimeter and area.  We will have a quiz on these concepts this Friday, 1/11.  Also, please continue to practice basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts at home. Thank you!

S.S.- We are starting our next unit on the ancient civilization of the West African empire of Mali.  The students will be able to describe the oral tradition (storytelling), government (kings), and economic development (trade) of the empire of Mali.

Writing- The week before break the students were taking word study assessments.  This is done to monitor your child’s progress. I used this information to reorganize our word study groups, if necessary. These assessments were not graded. Your child should have come home with their new spelling word list today, as well as their new spelling menu for the week.  We will also continue to work on creative writing and writing strong 3rd grade paragraphs.

Kid’s Club begins- Thursday, Jan. 10 after school

End of the 2nd Nine Weeks- Fri., Jan. 25


Have a great week!

Mrs. West



***November 26- Important Highlights & Reminders***

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving Break!! I also want to give a big thank you to Karen Kusterer for preparing our fall craft and to all of the parents who came in the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to help our class create our beautiful “Thankful Wreath” craft; Mr. Stoner, Mrs. Trak, & Mrs. Balaji. It is hard to believe that we only have 3 more weeks until winter break…boy how time flies when you are learning and having fun! Please just remind your child that they need to continue to work hard and do their best each day. I am looking forward to a great December with all of them!

Here is what we are doing in school:

Whole Group reading will continue to focus on main ideas and supporting details. We will also review making connections with text, and comparing and contrasting characters and their feelings.  During small group reading we will use graphic organizers to help the students pull out supporting details and the main idea of the texts that we are reading in our leveled readers. We will also be working on homophones.

English/LA/Word Study-
We will be working on the correct use of commas, apostrophes (contractions & possessive nouns), & homophones. During this marking period we will also be upping the rigor with our creative writing. We will start working on writing “Big Mac” paragraphs as opposed to just a “hamburger” paragraph (more information to be in your child’s binder soon). I have been working with the students on writing really good “3rd Grade Sentences & Paragraphs”. I am looking for good descriptive words, 5 or more words in a sentence, at least 7 complete sentences, as well as correct punctuation/capitalization. We are currently working on writing some more “Persuasive Paragraphs” in class.

New spelling words & spelling notebooks should have come home today!  Please make sure your child brings their spelling notebook to school each day!  The students are working on short and long “i” homophones.  Menu items are due on Friday and the test is this Friday too!

Social Studies-
We finished our unit on Ancient China & Egypt. We are now learning about Ancient Greece. Students already have some information in their S.S. section of their binder along with new vocabulary words.  We will have a quiz on these words on Friday, 11/30.  Please take some time nightly to review the words with your child. Thank you!

During whole group instruction we started our unit on Measurement. Our focus during the unit will be on U.S. Customary & Metric Units of measurement for length, weight, and capacity.
This week students will practice measuring to the nearest inch and 1/2 inch, measuring with centimeters, meters, & kilometers.
Our next focus will be on US Customary weight/mass (ounces, pounds)/Metric weight/mass (grams, kilograms) and then on to US Customary Capacity (cups, pints, quarts, gallons)/Metric Capacity (milliliters, liters).  Please find some new Measurement websites on my blog!

Important Dates:

Friday, November 30- Bring your favorite Stuffed Animal Day!!

Thursday, December 13- PAJAMA DAY!!
Friday, December 19-WINTER PARTY….more information to follow soon

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me any time after school or by email at kswest@henrico.k12.va.us

Thanks for all you do!
Mrs. West